Cheap Thrills

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Winner! Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival 2013


Cheap Thrills is a thoroughly nasty piece of work … Playing like the mutant offspring of Harold Pinter and Quentin Tarantino.” - Joe Leydon, Variety

"Cheap Thrills is a raucous pressure cooker that dishes out laughs and shrieks in equal measure.” – Rob Thomas, Capital Times

“A fiendish, fierce, and funny morality tale about the true value of money.” – Peter Martin, Twitch


The darkly comic gonzo thriller Cheap Thrills follows the ever-worsening fortunes of Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction, leading to some truly desperate misadventures. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Inkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills. (Dir. by EL Katz, 2013, USA, 85 mins., Not Rated, Drafthouse Films) Digital



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